HIBBING — With no seniors and just one junior on the team, each game is a learning experience for the young Chisholm High School girls basketball team.
The Bluestreaks showed some good things on Thursday night in their game against Floodwood on Bob McDonald Court in Roels Gymnasium in Chisholm but the Polar Bears were just too much to handle for Chisholm as Floodwood came away with a 73-35 victory.
Kennedi Johnson led 11 Floodwood players in scoring with 21 points. Alexis Stokke scored 15, Tamera Lundstrom, eight, Imijyn Thompson, six, and Ryann Koivisto, Anna Hall and Lexi Goutermont all chipped in with five points.
Jordan Temple topped Chisholm in scoring with 11 points. Taylor Yaroscak scored nine, Trista Baazard, eight, and Sophie Anderson added five.
Floodwood coach Adam Schminski said the Polar Bears have come a long way since practice opened about a month ago. He said he was pleased with the way his team played Thursday night against Chisholm.
“It’s nice to get the kids out on the court and actually play a competitive game,” Schminski said. “We have had 16 practices already and this is just our second game. We saw a tough MI-B team on Monday.
“It’s nice to be able to come in here and be able to run through your offense and teach these kids what to do like playing within yourself, playing within the system. That’s a tough, hard-working Chisholm team and I give credit to them because they are really young. I think they have a lot of potential coming up.”
Chisholm coach Pam Pioske said she keeps telling her young team to keep working hard and always think about what the team is trying to develop for the future.
“We don’t have any seniors and we have just one junior,” Pioske said. “We are mostly composed of a lot of freshmen and right now we have a seventh grader starting and our first sub going in is an eighth grader. So, in years to come we are going to be pretty good but right now we are going to take a lot of bumps.
“I think it comes down to age and experience. Floodwood was definitely faster than us and a lot of it is they are stronger. That is one of the areas we struggle on is speed, and that age and that experience. I have girls that went straight from junior high that are playing a lot of varsity and they didn’t even get a chance to play B team. We are very inexperienced.”
Schminski credited his defense for being the chief reason why the Polar Bears won so decisively on Thursday.
“We put on a lot of ball pressure and kind of got after it on defense,” Schminski explained. “It was nice to see the kids buying into playing an up-tempo basketball game. I was pleased with how we finally settled in and ran our offense. We were patient on the offensive end of the floor. We are really working on transition basketball and implementing a system that will get us to eventually develop throughout the year and come playoff time play better basketball.”
Pioske wants to see a bit of improvement every game and she wants her team to learn from every game that it plays.
“Our goal is that we continue to learn after every game and we keep working hard and not give up,” Pioske explained.
Floodwood — 73
Chisholm — 35
Floodwood: Imijyn Thompson 6, Courtney Young 2, Ryann Koivisto 5, Alexis Stokke 15, Heather Striowski 2, Kennedi Johnson 21, Anna Hall 5, Lexi Goutermont 5, Tamera Lundstrom 8, Darby Autio 2, Nakaiyah Nimene 2.
Chisholm: Carolina Maure’ 2, Sophie Anderson 5, Jordan Temple 11, Taylor Yaroscak 9, Trista Baazard 8.
Fouls: Floodwood 12; Chisholm 11; Fouled
Out: None; 3-pointers: Floodwood, Goutermont, Johnson 2, Koivisto, Thompson 2; Chisholm, Yaroscak, Temple; Free
throws: Floodwood 5-of-10; Chisholm 3-of-9.